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Shooting Industry April 2013 - Page 8
Industrynews Lawmakers Hear Industry Voices By Russ Thurman n March 11, more than 3,000 gun owners and members of the industry from across Connecticut filled the halls of the state legislative office building in Hartford. NSSF joined forces with NRA, Connecticut Citizens Defense League and Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen to coordinate and promote the “Lobby Day.” Those taking part in the gathering included Stag Arms employees, with the company shutting down its operation for the day. They met with their representatives and spoke to the media, addressing opposition to proposed anti-gun laws, including banning modern sporting rifles. On March 14, Colt Manufacturing and Colt Defense shut down their operations and provided bus transportation so more than 550 of their workers could visit the state legislative office building to deliver the message: “Save Our Jobs.” During the day’s General Assembly committee hearing, industry representatives testifying included Mark Malkowski, Stag Arms president; Joe Bartozzi, O.F. Mossberg & Sons senior vice president/ general counsel; Michael Homes, Colt United Auto Workers Shop chairman and Jake McGuigan, NSSF Government Relations director. Selling The Guns Of Champions — pg. 22 O SI DIGITAL VIDEO Colt employees filled the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on March 14, delivering the message: “Save Our Jobs.” SI Digital readers, click logo for video report. Neighbors, Too Also, in separate television commercials, the management and employees of three firearms manufacturers with operations in Connecticut let their voices be heard. NSSF produced the commercials and is paying for the airtime on several cable television systems in the state. “The firearms industry has a long history in Connecticut, and continues to have a sizeable economic presence and workforce in the Constitution State,” said Jake McGuigan, of NSSF. “Despite these facts, legislation before the General Assembly that would institute an outright ban on the sale of the most popular model of semiautomatic rifle today presents the real prospect of decreasing good-paying jobs in our state.” Titled “Don’t Lose Us In The Discussion,” the commercials capture the operations of Colt, Mossberg and Stag Arms. Each concludes with a “we don’t want to move” message. “Many other states have called here, repeatedly, asking us to move there. The Mossberg family resisted those efforts. We want to be part of the solution. We want to be here. These are our neighbors, too,” said Joe Bartozzi, of Mossberg. To view the commercials, visit www. nssfblog.com. To stay up-to-date on legislative issues, and for links to contact legislators, visit www.nssf.org and click “Government Relations.” SI DIGITAL Hot Link Stag Arms President Mark Malkowski is interviewed by a Connecticut TV news station on March 11. To watch a video report of Lobbying Day In Hartford, visit http://tinyurl. com/LobbyingDay. SI Digital readers, click on the hot link. Safariland Becomes The Safariland Group afariland is doing business under a new name, The Safariland Group. Company officials say the move will allow the company to further pursue its commitment for planned acquisitions and engineering of new product lines. “This new name builds upon the foundation of the Safariland brand, yet also recognizes and highlights that our company is made up of many industry-leading brands,” said Scott O’Brien, The Safariland Group president. “It also clarifies the distinction 8 APRIL 2013 S between The Safariland Group as our corporate trade name, and the longstanding and highly recognized Safariland brand of holsters, duty gear and accessories.” No change of ownership or legal entity occurred with the name change. The principal brands in The Safariland Group include ABA, Second Chance, Safariland, Bianchi and Break Free; forensics brands include Identicator and NIK. For more information, visit www.safariland.com. Subscribe to SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com